Ookay, the time is up! The deadline for the Pokemon Beta Summer Contest
is over. Thanks to everyone who participated! It was fabulous that so many people took part, I was very happy every time when I could put an entry to my "Beta contest" note folder.
Oh, right. If you're only interested in who won you can turn back now, I haven't judged the entries yet. I'll announce the winner in a few days in the next journal. I got so many amazing entries, but alas, there can be only one winner. No runner-ups/honorary mentions/etc, I only have time to make one prize dress up. Also I'll pick the winner myself, so please don't tell me which one to choose. You're of course free to pick your own favourite, but in that case please tell it to the author too, I'm sure they'd like getting comments like that.
I have drawn all the entries in my own style (summer holiday = a lot of free time) to make it easiest to concentrate on the design instead of the drawing skills, but I'll post that pic a bit later.
Sooooo the 86 entries in the order I received them (had to split in two journals since DA said it was too big for one):Batch 1Batch 2(There's a chance that some entries aren't exactly in the absolute precise order because I may have messed up but it's not like anyone cares)
About the copypaste reply note I sent to the contestants: The "Please do not reply to this note unless you have something specific to say" was there to prevent my note business from getting super messy. Since I had 86 entries and a reply to each of them, plus some questions about the rules, plus my other, non-contest related, note traffic I thought it'd be better if I didn't get a "okay!" reply for each of my copypaste replies. I went through my note section quite a few times to make sure I didn't miss any participant, and that would surely have been more difficult with 86 additional "Re: Pokemon Beta Summer Contest" notes.
Apparently a lot of people had trouble either reading or understanding the journal. For example I had plenty of participation attempts via comment, when the journal specifically tells you to use a note in underlined letters. That's because when looking through the entries I look at what I have in my note folder, and I'm not too interested in going through the 300 comments in the Contest journal entry or however many comment pages I've received on my front page in the past month and a half. Also I got some entries of just screen shots of my Pokemon trainer dress up, even if the rules state it has to be your own art (and later specifically point out "do not use the pokemon trainer creator"). Some of the entries from the pokemon trainer creator weren't even Beta, or even female... While this contest wasn't about drawing skill, I still have no intention judging my own art in a contest where you're supposed to draw something yourself. Or spending a week drawing for someone who at most can bother a few clicks in a flash creator and a print screen.
Also, some notes had the wrong title, or didn't have the words "I read and understood the journal", or didn't have a [working] link, or stuff like that, but I decided to let it slide. The note business was confusing enough so I didn't see it necessary to go "durrrr wrong title send the same note again"
. Had this been a lottery-style contest where you only had to send a note (like the one I had last Christmas) I would've disqualified those who didn't follow the rules to a T, but since this required people to put the effort to designing and drawing it would've been very unnecessary to start nitpicking about a wrong note title if there was nothing else wrong with the entry.
Otherwise the contest has been going in a nice spirit, excuding the person who didn't bother taking part themselves but asked whoever wins to request a series of their choose as a prize instead...
As said previously I haven't chosen the winner yet. So you have still little time to say "Hey you idiot, I sent you a note and got a reply back, how come my entry is not here!!!".